Beginners Samatha Meditation Class at Westminster University
Samatha means calm. Samatha meditation is an effective but gentle way of training the mind to develop inner strength and freedom from turmoil, leading on to clarity and understanding.
This path from calm to insight was followed by the Buddha himself, and is a central tradition of Buddhist meditation. There are many kinds of Samatha meditation techniques: this one is based on attention to the breath, a subject which is said to be suitable for all types of people.
By regular daily practice the chattering, unruly mind gradually becomes calmer and develops clarity. The way our mind works becomes less confusing to us and we begin to understand the habits of mind that hold us back from happiness and freedom. We become kinder to ourselves and those around us. Meditation is a practical matter: increased awareness brings an ability to make the most of ourselves in our daily lives.
The class is at 6.30 pm every Thursday during the University term time. The classes will continue until Thursday 7 December and then restart on Thursday 11 January.
These classes are independent of the university. You do not need to be a student or member of staff to attend, but if you are from outside the university, you will need to sign in at Reception
Complete beginners are very welcome. No previous experience of meditation is required.
The teaching is free. Donations to the Samatha Association are welcome.
You may wish to bring a cushion to sit on.
Feel free to just come along or if you have any questions please email Andrew at SamathaWestminster@outlook.com
The class is held at the University of Westminster.
University of Westminster
309 Regent Street